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This Day in 1999: Colombine happened

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McDonald’s starts testing all-day breakfast on 4/20

Devotees of the McDonald’s breakfast menu celebrated in March when it was announced that the fast food chain would extend breakfast beyond the standard 10.30am cut-off time.

The first US state to pilot the plan has chosen a conspicuous date on which to start: 4/20, the annual celebration of cannabis culture.

San Diego's all-day breakfast menu, which starts on Monday April 20, is limited to nine items and McCafé drinks. Customers can get egg McMuffin, sausage McMuffin with egg, sausage burrito, sausage McMuffin, hash brown and hotcakes, oatmeal and yoghurt all day. McGriddles, cakes and steak, egg and cheese bagels have been left off the menu.


US Congress bill could protect Israel from boycotts

Proposed legislation seeks to impose counter-measures on countries, organizations, companies or individuals who boycott Israel.
Yitzhak Benhorin, Michal Margalit

The US Congress is preparing a counter offensive to the tsunami of boycotts against Israel, with legislators pushing a bill giving Israel a unique economic status and protection from sanctions.

The proposed legislation constitutes a threat of an American counter-boycott against countries, UN organizations and private companies who boycott Israeli products, political or cultural institutions, or scholars.

The bill proposal is led by Republican House representative Peter Roskam from Illinois and has garnered wide support from both Republicans and Democrats in the House.


Chris Christie's Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low in New Jersey

Source: Bloomberg

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's approval rating has fallen to an all-time low as he prepares for a likely presidential campaign, according to a Quinnipiac University poll published Monday.

Fifty-six percent of voters say they disapprove of the job the Republican is doing, compared to 38 percent who say they approve. That puts him farther into negative territory than he was in a January poll, when 46 percent said they approved and 48 percent said they disapproved. His high-water mark was 74 percent approval in a poll published in January 2013.

“The governor’s job approval hits a new low and voters think his presidential ambitions are distracting him from his day job,” said Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Maurice Carroll in a statement. “Besides, they don't think he’d be a good president.”

The survey also tested voters' perceptions of the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal that shook Christie's administration last year. New Jerseyans said 57 percent to 32 percent that Christie did not order the lane closures that caused the jam, but they say 53 percent to 38 percent that he was aware of his aides' actions.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-20/chris-christie-s-approval-rating-hits-all-time-low-in-new-jersey

Syracuse University drops fossil fuel stocks from its $1.2B endowment

Syracuse University has announced plans to drop all fossil fuel stocks from its $1.2 billion endowment, the largest endowment to divest entirely of fossil fuel stocks.

The drop is in response to a "Divest SU" campaign by The General Body, a movement and coalition of Syracuse University students organizing for change.

These student protesters staged an 18-day sit-in over disinvestment from fossil fuels in November.


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"I Wish My Teacher Knew" Lesson Plan Reveals Children's Heartbreaking Confessions


Kyle Schwartz is a third grade teacher at Doull Elementary School in Denver, and she's single-handedly changing the way students communicate in classrooms around the country.

After teaching for three years, Schwartz began to realize that many of her kids, while wonderful at school, faced multiple obstacles at home.

"Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch," she told ABC News. "As a new teacher, I struggled to understand the reality of my students' lives and how to best support them. I just felt like there was something I didn't know about my students."

That's when Schwartz devised a new lesson plan dubbed "I Wish My Teacher Knew," which involved kids writing notes to her detailing things that they wanted her to know about their lives.

"I let students determine if they would like to answer anonymously. I have found that most students are not only willing to include their name, but also enjoy sharing with the class. Even when what my students are sharing is sensitive in nature, most students want their classmates to know," Schwartz explained.


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